What exactly is an inflammatory response?
It seems really obvious as to what it is but how does one explain what actually occurs during an inflammatory response?
An inflammatory response include redness, swelling, heat, and pain. This is a response to get rid of an invading pathogen. The mast cells and macrophages work together to cause swelling by releasing mediators that cause dilation of capillaries and an influx of fluid towards the infected area.
Although inflammatory response is good for getting rid of pathogens, it can also lead to the loss of function in some areas. This is a big disadvantage because one can be even more injured in the process.
And here is a power point slide showing what an acute inflammatory response is: